I am very excited to finally share the pictures from our wedding 2.5 weeks ago in our Topanga garden. I know this is a very personal post, and not very interior, but many of your have asked for it – so here goes. We both knew from the very beginning that we wanted a small wedding, and the initial idea was actually to do a little surprise ceremony with just a few friends in Boston. When we announced this idea to Mr. LA’s mother, she just said “NO, not gonna happen!”, so instead we decided on the garden wedding, but still kept it very limited, with only 20 guests.
Luckily, my best friends had already planned to come to LA after Boston, which was the reason why it ended up being so sudden after we announced the marriage. I knew that it would be limited with friends and family from Denmark, but I was still happy to be surrounded by great LA and DK friends anyway – and my sister and her wife did fly in, which was a total surprise. I honestly had no idea. A few nights before, they just showed up at a restaurant. We really felt so loved with friends from all over the world attending this special day.
Since we first meet on one of my holidays in LA, we have travelled back and forth seeing each other almost every month, not only in Copenhagen and LA, but also throughout the rest of the world. Luckily we are both able to travel, which is one of the biggest reasons why it has worked out so well.
I won’t be lying if I say we basically broke with all the traditions. We took a bit from both the American, the English (Mr. LA is in fact really Mr. UK), and the Danish traditions and made them our own. I love that we didn’t wear the same clothes for one, I have always wondered why the Americans wants everyone in the same outfits. We decided that we would both wear grey. I got my suit and tie from Tommy Hilfiger. Dear friends of ours suggested we contacted Mrs. Judge Clayborne, as she officiated their wedding too, and she was far from traditional. Her whole presence and way of officiating was just epic and really made everyone smile. Finally, neither of us is big on jewelry, so we decided not to get new rings. We have been wearing silicone ones from Pyrkia since I gave them to Mr. LA as a promise ring 6 months ago. We took them off for the ceremony and let them be passed from one guest to the other, telling them to give them a little blessing and kind thoughts, before putting them back on.
In Denmark we do not have the saying our own vows part, we say I do a few times to the will you cherish and love parts the officiator asks you, but other than that nothing. I knew that I really wanted to say our vows in front of friends and family, even though I also knew it would be tough not to cry them all out.
After the ceremony we invited everyone for a very informal brunch at one of our favorite places in Santa Monica, the Rose Café. And ended the day with a picnic on the beach with a stunning sunset. When Mr. LA and I climbed into bed back at the house we said to one another how we had felt completely overwhelmed and happy, at seeing (almost) all of our loved ones in one space at the same time. All in all, the perfect day, a day we will never forget, where everything was just as we wanted it to be.
What now – are you moving? That’s probably the most asked question these days. Well, not right now. I have started the process of the green card application, and while the lawyers are doing their work, we will continue flying back and forth. Copenhagen is my home and where my base is. Luckily, I can easily take most of my work with me to LA, but think I would still need to be in Copenhagen on a regular basis, so even when I do get the green card, I will be have a base here. I will work more from my LA office, but still keep an apartment in Copenhagen.